Alumni and Careers

Bass Performance Alumni

Many Berklee alumni have gone on to successful bass performance careers. Below, learn about a small sample of them.

Alumni
Bassist; Guitarist
Class of 1972 (Bass, Composition)

Abraham Laboriel Sr. '72 is one of the most legendary bass players of his era, having thousands of album credits to his name playing for the likes of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, and Madonna.

Alumni
Bassist; Violinist; Saxophonist
Class of 1970 (Bass)

George Mraz came to Berklee in 1968 by way of the Czech Republic. Since coming to the United States,  he has been an in-demand bassist, playing with a host of jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, and Charles Mingus and garnering credits on almost 1,000 recordings.

Alumni
Bassist
Class of 1986 (Bass)

John Myung ‘86 studied bass guitar at Berklee and is best known as the bassist for the wildly popular progressive metal band Dream Theater.

Alumni
Bassist; Vocalist; Songwriter; Arranger
Class of 2005 (Bass, Professional Music)

Esperanza Spalding graduated from Berklee in 2005, making history upon graduation by becoming one of the youngest instructors in the college’s history. This was just the tip of the iceberg, however, as Spalding went on in 2011 to become the first jazz musician to win the Grammy for Best New Artist, beating out Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence and the Machine, and Mumford & Sons.

Careers in Performance

Just as no two bassists are the same, there is not just one career path open to Berklee bass students. Some of the careers our bass performance students and alumni have advanced include:
  • Performing/Recording Artist
  • Instrumental Soloist
  • Session Musician
  • General Business Musician
  • Orchestra/Group Member
  • Floor Show Band
  • Theater Musician
  • Church Musician
  • Product Demonstrator

Some bass students also choose to pursue non-performance-based careers. For a more detailed look at the wide spectrum of careers that Berklee alumni enjoy, please explore our Careers page.